Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a stiff switch used to hit students as punishment
  2. (noun, artifact) a stick that people can lean on to help them walk
  3. (noun, plant) a strong slender often flexible stem as of bamboos, reeds, rattans, or sugar cane
  4. (verb, contact) beat with a cane

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Synonyms of Cane

flog, lambast, lambaste

Origin of the word Cane

  1. late 14c., from O.Fr. canne, from L. canna "reed, cane," from Gk. kanna, probably from Assyr. qanu "tube, reed," from Sumerian gin "reed." Sense of "walking stick" in Eng. is 1580s; verb meaning "to beat with a walking stick" is from 1660s. more

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